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Ostrich Egg Sand Rock Painting Brown South African Art

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Title Ostrich Egg Sand Rock Painting Brown South African
Materials ostrich egg shell
Made In South Africa
Traded In Malawi, South Africa
Approximate Age Contemporary
Dimensions 4 inches x 5 inches H.
Overall Condition Good
Type of Object Decorated Ostrich Egg

Picture is an example, yours will be very similar.

Additional information:  Decorated in San Rock Art-inspired ostrich eggs created by Hilary Keay. Fine, clear sand blended with the base paint gives the egg an appealing finish.


Legend has it that nomadic San (Bushman), descendants of the original people to inhabit the sub-continent, hide ostrich eggs filled with water in the sand of the Kalahari Desert. Filling eggs during the rainy season, they seal and bury them, marking the location in the sand. In droughts, the eggs lie beneath the sands, waiting for a parched nomad. As long as they continued to bury the eggs there would always be water available no matter where they traveled.